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Indiana House OKs amendment banning gay marriage

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
The Republican-controlled House voted 70-26 to advance the proposal, which must clear two separately-elected Legislatures to get on the ballot for a public vote.
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Parking meter replacement set to begin in March

February 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Affiliated Computer Services, which struck a deal late last year to manage the city's parking meters, will begin replacing meters in downtown Indianapolis and Broad Ripple early next month.
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Senate committee passes sentencing-reform bill

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee has passed a plan that would keep violent felons in prison longer and reduce punishments for many thefts and drug crimes.
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Bill would send taxpayer cash to private schools

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers will start the debate Tuesday on the most controversial plank of Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education platform: a plan to use taxpayer money to help parents send their children to private schools
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Vote delayed on Indiana same-sex marriage amendment

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
Resolution sponsor Rep. Eric Turner of Marion said he wouldn't call it for a vote on Monday because some House members who want to support it were absent for the day.
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Daniels finishes low in weekend straw poll

February 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indiana governor received just 4 percent of the vote among potential Republican presidential candidates at the Conservative Political Action Conference. But an IUPUI political science professor says the weak showing shouldn't dissuade Daniels' supporters.
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CIB set to approve parking lot paving bid

February 14, 2011
The Capital Improvement Board will consider a bid for up to $900,000 to pave a gravel parking lot on the former site of Market Square Arena once slated for redevelopment.
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Inspectors find Indiana tobacco sales to minors declining

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
A partnership called the Tobacco Retailer Inspection Program said Monday that sales of tobacco products to teen-agers occurred in less than 4 percent of more than 8,400 inspections.
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Governor keeping quiet on Indiana immigration bill

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels isn't saying how he feels about a proposal moving in the Legislature that would require police officers in the state to enforce federal immigration laws.
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Bosma: Daniels 'hands on' with legislators

February 13, 2011
Associated Press
The leader of the Indiana House says the governor stays in contact with legislative leaders on his agenda, even as he continues to flirt with a presidential run.
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HICKS: Trimming government fat tough, but necessaryRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Mike Hicks
Recognizing inefficiency in government is far more difficult than rhetoric suggests. The private sector has the blessing of the profits to guide decisions.
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Lobbying commission fires executive director after leave

February 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Lobby Registration Commission on Thursday fired its executive director after placing her on leave without explanation in mid-January.
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Ice storm uses big chunk of city snow-removal budget

February 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis spent almost half its 2011 budget for snow removal—$3.4 million—to deal with last week’s ice and snow storms, the city announced Friday morning.
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Census: Home vacancies follow job losses in Indiana

February 10, 2011
Associated Press
North-central and east-central Indiana, which absorbed the brunt of the job losses, also showed the highest percentage of unoccupied homes.
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Indiana Senate panel advances nuclear incentive bill

February 10, 2011
Associated Press
A bill that would allow Indiana's utilities to quickly pass onto their customers some of the costs of planning nuclear power plants is advancing in the General Assembly.
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Indiana moving ahead with plan to fix jobless fund

February 10, 2011
Associated Press
Legislators aren't holding up a plan to fix Indiana's debt-ridden unemployment insurance fund as they wait to see whether the federal government will put off charging the states interest on what they owe.
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Lawmakers start work on teacher merit pay bill

February 9, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers have started work on one of the more controversial aspects of Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education agenda: a plan to tie teacher pay to student performance.
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Indiana panel OKs early-graduation scholarship

February 9, 2011
Associated Press
A proposal to give Indiana high school seniors a $3,500 college scholarship if they graduate a year early has cleared its first legislative hurdle.
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Panel backs Indiana immigration crackdown bill

February 9, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday night that its sponsor says would lead to an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration in the state.
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'Clean energy financing districts' face tough sell at Statehouse

February 9, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Districts would finance solar panels and other clean-energy projects through special tax levies on participating properties.
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Nuclear power bill at statehouse conjures up ghosts

February 9, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A controversial bill in the Indiana Senate would make it easier for utilities to quickly bill ratepayers for proposed nuclear and other clean-energy projects.
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Indiana teachers rally against GOP education plan

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
More than 1,000 Indiana teachers swarmed the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday for a rowdy rally denouncing the sweeping education proposals moving through the Republican-dominated state House and Senate.
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House passes bill to expand charter schools

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
The House approved the proposal Tuesday on a 59-37 mostly party-line vote following hours of debate. Republicans say the bill would mean more options for families, while Democrats contend that it will erode funding for traditional schools.
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Lawmakers eye cutting corporate taxes

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
Legislators are moving ahead with a plan to cut Indiana's corporate income tax by about 40 percent while holding off on phasing out the state inheritance tax.
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Job openings fall for second straight month

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
Employers posted fewer job openings in December, the second straight month of declines. That's a sign hiring is still weak even as the economy is gaining strength.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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